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Washed-out road repairs to begin

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Construction to repair the steep, switch-backed Mineral Bottom Road in Grand County, Utah, will start next week, barely five months after the road was washed out by powerful storms. The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking charge of ...

District 51 near its testing goals

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A new system for rating Colorado school districts shows School District 51 has room for improvement but is close to meeting state goals for academic growth and achievement. The new rating system, called performance frameworks, replaced the ...

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Ritter praises Rifle for sustainable development projects

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — Seemingly everywhere you turn these days in the Rifle area, solar projects are popping up in quantities that rival the natural gas drilling rigs dotting the horizons. This city at the center of Garfield County’s natural ...

Sheriff hires help to field questions on data breach

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey on Wednesday said the department has hired temporary workers to field a crush of phone calls from people concerned that their sensitive information was exposed in a massive data breach. Hilkey said two former ...

DA to probe officer-involved shooting in Delta

By William Woody

DELTA — A critical-incident team’s report about an officer-involved shooting of a Delta man on Oct. 23 has been handed over to the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s office in Montrose. Three Delta police officers, still on ...

Unemployment insurance likely to rise in 2011

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Lisa Mullen got a nasty surprise when she opened her mail Wednesday morning. A letter from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment informed her that her premium for unemployment insurance was more than doubling, from 1.22 percent of ...

Tight cap on ozone levels could affect GJ

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will tighten caps on ozone levels, but the point at which a new threshold will be set is tightly guarded, state and federal officials said Wednesday. Depending on how tight the restriction is set, ...

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Eastgate City Market swarmed by close-out shoppers

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Eager bargain shoppers at the Eastgate City Market were snatching up deals this week on literally everything, from toilet paper to vitamins. Every item in the store — excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards — was marked 50 ...

Mayer, former college president, dies at 82

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Dr. Dennis “Denny” Mayer, a just-retired chairman of the Colorado National Monument Association, died Dec. 2. He was 82 years old. Mayer, also a former president of Colorado Mountain College and of Mount San Jacinto College in ...

$500,000 grant goes to Riverfront Trail fund

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Mesa County received a $500,000 grant Wednesday to help build a portion of the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The money, from Great Outdoors Colorado, will help pay for the design and construction of a 2.7-mile stretch of the ...

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